Disaster Management and Climate Change


“We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.” (Petra Nemcova)

Disaster Management and Climate Change

This has been a continuing program which is funded by the Australian Red Cross through Department of Foreign Affair and Trade Australia (DFAT). The program focuses on Preparedness, Mitigation and Adaptation of communities, the branches and national society.

With continued support from the Australian Red Cross through DFAT funding, Fiji Red Cross was able to add to the building blocks from past years especially with disaster preparedness, in building safer and more resilient communities.

Emergency Response Training (ERT)

Fiji Red Cross host ERT courses and they are now a standard requirement of IFRC for all volunteers that are part of any National Society’s disaster response team to undergo. We currently have 50 volunteers from the West, North, Central and the Eastern Division of Fiji completing the course which will significantly strengthen our disaster response.

Pre Cyclone Briefing

In maintaining our role as a First Responder, the notion of having pre-stocked and pre-positioned containers of NFIs (Non Food Items) cannot be overemphasized. These pre-stocked containers are at strategic locations within the branches and are subject to stock-takes and audit checks twice a year.

Disaster Preparedness Container Stock Take

In maintaining our role as a First Responder, the notion of having pre-stocked and pre-positioned containers of NFIs (Non Food Items) cannot be overemphasized. These pre-stocked containers are at strategic locations within the branches and are subject to stock-takes and audit checks twice a year.

Integrated Vulnerability & Capacity Assessment

The Vulnerability & Capacity Assessment (VCA) is an important tool of the Red Cross in identifying needs of a community.

Mitigation work

Disaster mitigation measures are those that eliminate or reduce the impacts and risks of hazards through proactive measures taken before a disaster. One such example is Tukavesi in the district of Buca in Cakaudrove, which is a community that has been adversely affected by rising sea level especially king-tides. With FRCS training and support, the Tukavesi community has now managed to plant 3,000 mangrove seedling plants in their foreshore.

Fiji Community Development Program (FCDP)

This 12-month project is an Australian Aid funded project through Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia. The program focuses on preparedness as well but the work is implemented in different communities.

Assistance for Fire Cases

We give care packages to fire victims to help meet their immediate needs. Usual items that are given include packs containing clothes, a cooking set, tarpaulin, water containers, blankets, hygiene kits, a dignity kit and sanitation kit.

Building Resilience (Resilience Fiji Project)

In 2015, we commenced discussions with the Fiji Community Development Program (FCDP), an Australian Government (DFAT) funded program that manages funding to Civil Society organisations in Fiji on behalf of DFAT. The program funded our outreach program in Rotuma enabling the reestablishment of the Rotuma Branch. In 2015 we submitted a similar proposal and were in the verge of signing an agreement when TC Pam struck Vanuatu and funding was withdrawn and redirected to Vanuatu. We have continued discussions since and this approved proposal is the result of those discussions.

This project is designed specifically to meet Strategic goal 2 from our 2015 to 2019 Strategic Plan. Specifically Strategic Outcomes 2.3 “Improved structure and function of divisional service centres and branches to support efficient and effective delivery of service.” and 2.4 “Improve infrastructure to support operational effectiveness and de-centralisation.

Obtaining funding for building infrastructure is not easy and so we are very excited that this project will enable us to do this and to do it quicker than we anticipated. We now have an opportunity for the first time to build infrastructure in the islands where we currently do not have formal branches. This will provide and strengthen the opportunity of establishing strategic branches in these islands to support our work while also providing infrastructure to existing Branches not affected by TC Winston.

The project is due for completion by February end 2017.

FRCS Resilient Fiji Project Summary

This project will enable Fiji Red Cross to extend its reach in the Central, West, North and Eastern Divisions, strategically into the Maritime zones during emergencies and disaster.

The project includes:

To purchase 3 Disaster Preparedness containers to support existing current storage space in –

  • Korovou Town Tailevu – To support activities in the Korovou, Dawasamu and Wainibuka area.
  • Lautoka – To increase storage capacity in the Lautoka branch who have limited capacity in relation to the area they cover.
  • Savusavu – To be strategically located to support the response of Savusavu Branch


To build 6 extra storage and offices in 6 branches; Seaqaqa, Tavua, Labasa, Bua, Rabi and Rotuma. All these branches except for Tavua were not affected by TC Winston and so do not benefit from the TC Winston EPOA.

To build storage and offices/accommodation facilities in Koro, Vanuabalavu, Lakeba and Kadavu extending the reach of Fiji Red Cross into the Islands. FRCS does not have branches in these islands. For Koro and Vanuabalavu we will integrate this with our TC Winston EPOA and for Lakeba and Kadavu with our GDS and Australian Red Cross (ARC) programs.

To replenish 9 priority FRCS Disaster Preparedness storage facilities including containers before the end of the 2016 cyclone season which commences in November and ends in April 2017. The 9 storage space to be stocked include the 3 new containers in Korovou, Lautoka and Savusavu and the 6 new storage facilities in the islands: Rabi, Koro, Lakeba, Kadavu, Rotuma and Vanuabalavu.

Renovate 6 existing Disaster containers in Rakiraki (2) and Pacific Harbour (4)

Engage with the respective Commissioners and NDMO on the government and FRCS role in disaster preparedness.


This project will comprehensively change our infrastructure, capacity, capability and visibility throughout Fiji. It will enable us to reach the Lomaiviti group of islands through Levuka Branch and Koro, reach the Lau group through Lakeba and Vanuabalavu and reach Kadavu. We will build Offices/accommodation and storage facilities in these islands that will extend our reach and support our community programs. The project will construct Branch offices in 6 branches, renovate 6 containers and purchase 3 containers, significantly strengthening and expanding our existing infrastructure.

But even more exciting this project does not stand alone. It is part of an integrated development approach we are doing with our other programs including the TC Winston EPOA, ARC, GDS and the USAID BRCF (Building Resilience Fiji Project). Its implementation rides on all the resources available with these programs including the additional manpower resources recently employed and expertise available with current EPOA delegates.

Each of the islands where we are constructing offices and storage facilities will have supporting community programs funded by these programs, Koro and Vanuabalavu will have core shelters built as part of the EPOA including water and sanitation programs, Rabi has the USAID BRCF project and Rotuma the GDS program. The permanent infrastructure will ensure that we are “Always there”.